Targeting net zero - Next steps for the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation

This briefing paper summarises Transport and Environment (T&E’s) views on the questions posed by the consultation Targeting net zero - Next steps for the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation

The consultation response is supported by a consultancy study detailing how to develop the UK Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation to deliver more sustainable and higher carbon savings.

The response to the consultation highlights our concerns with proposals to increase targets for biofuels used in vehicles. In particular it highlights concerns that the proposals will drive increased supplies of used cooking oil (UCO) that is increasingly unsustainable.

Rather than raising targets for biofuels in the RTFO, the response proposes a rapid phase out the use of crop-based biofuels and transitioning to the use of advanced biofuels and Renewable Fuels of Non Biological Origin (RFNBOs) in the aviation and maritime sectors. To achieve this, T&E proposes establishing mandates for the aviation and maritime sectors and raising targets for advanced biofuels and RFNBOs for use in planes in ships. T&E also outlines an innovative scheme to encourage new production facilities for these fuels. The consultation response also describes a scheme to encourage the roll out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure by including renewable energy used in electric cars within the RTFO.